"I like to think we're playing a tiny part in bringing some of that lost manufacturing spirit back toan area rich in history, innovation and grit."
Funny how one small thing can change the course of one’s life. This week’s featured Monday Maker will jokingly say that his mid-life crisis desire to own his own laser cutting machine was the ‘thing’ that changed the direction of his career.
Please meet Paul Ocepek an industrial designer with over 25 years experience.
After designing TVs, toys, telephones and trash cans for major companies, Paul pivots and wants to design goods that are well crafted and locally made – namely, quality American Made products crafted by himself, putting into operation his new laser cutting machine.
In 2010 he incorporates under the name of Modern Moose.
The business name ‘Modern Moose’ is a testament to Paul’s sense of humor and a nod back to his very first piece of 3D wall art known affectionately around the bog as Snoutrageous.
In conjunction with the incorporation of his new business, Paul attends the NY NOW wholesale market in Manhattan and has never looked back.
Paul started his new business in the basement of his home but his unique quality American Made products were so well received that he was soon able to move into a commercial space as well as employ six full time American workers.
Paul starts by taking his design sketches and creating computer files
which are the transferred to the laser for cutting.
He uses sustainably harvested baltic birch plywood.
The laser is used to cut precisely the wood pieces followed by hand sanding and surface preparation.
The laser cut pieces are then printed in full color by a special ink-jet process using non-toxic water-based inks.
No glue or any type of chemical coatings are used. The inks are transparent so the subtle wood grain shows through, creating a warm and natural appearance.
Finally, all parts are hand assembled and prepared for shipping.
If it is a clock, they attach the clock mechanism
and pendulum parts to the main body.
Paul’s fantastically clever animals will get transformed into a variety of colorful and decorative home decor pieces.
Fun frames in which you can display your special grandkids.
Nightlights that will keep your little ones sleeping soundly.
Happy hanging pegs.
Wall clocks to bring a smile to your face.
Bag tags made by up-cycling scraps of birchwood from the production of Modern Moose clocks are the perfect add-on to your child’s school backpack.
All products are lovingly made in Moosachusetts.
Produced in Mass not Mass Produced.
All New American is delighted to present another ‘Made in the USA’ company. Since 2010, Modern Moose, a small business located in Wrentham, MA, has been manufacturing whimsical home decor items that are perfect for your cabin, castle or crib. These quality American Made products are unique, fun and funky and will bring a smile to your face. Paul can be proud to be part of the American community that is fuel for the engine that makes America great.
Thank you for giving us your time today. Have a great week. The Team.